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Alabama ending in-person unemployment help

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a booklet describing unemployment benefits is seen on...
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, a booklet describing unemployment benefits is seen on a desk, in North Andover, Mass. Unemployment insurance aid is expiring for millions on the weekend as President Donald Trump holds a pandemic relief package in limbo and gripes about “pork” in the bipartisan legislation passed by Congress.(Elise Amendola | AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Published: Dec. 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In-person help for Alabama residents needing assistance with unemployment claims is coming to an end as a new phone appointment system will be established for the new year. The Alabama Department of Labor, in a news release, said it is ending in-person service at the Crump Senior Center in Montgomery due to health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus. Beginning Jan. 3, claimants can call 1-800-361-4524 after 5 p.m. until midnight on Sundays through Thursday to schedule a call back for the next day to set up an appointment. Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says the new system will allow the department to serve more claimants per day than it has been able to previously.

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